- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Amid mirror-like puddles from an overnight spring rain on the Boise Greenbelt, Neil Jenkins leaned into a curve on his daily bike commute to work.

The weather doesn’t keep Jenkins from enjoying bike riding.

“Commuting by bike is one of the perks of living in Boise,” he said. “If you have a desk job and have a chance to ride on the Greenbelt twice a day, why wouldn’t you?”

Jenkins has made a 4-mile, one-way ride to work - 3 miles of it on the Greenbelt - since he moved to Boise a year ago to work Downtown as a waste-water engineer at CH2M Hill.

“Besides, I have an awesome parking spot,” Jenkins said.

He has learned a lot. He has taken a tumble on ice in the winter and knows about the hazards of heavy traffic.

His top tips:

. Be visible. He wears a bright vest to stand out in traffic. “I want to stand out like a sore thumb,” he said.

. Know your route. He rides as much of his route as he can on the Greenbelt, and uses bike paths when he’s on the streets.

. The Greenbelt is popular for commuters, joggers, walkers, etc. Slow down when it’s busy and be courteous.

Jenkins said another perk of bicycle commuting on his mountain bike is he is only a half-mile from Boise Foothills trails, so he can ride them right after work.

Here are other tips for cyclists getting started two-wheel commuting:

THE RIGHT BIKE

Having a comfortable bike is critical. If you’re uncomfortable, you won’t last long. Riders commute on recumbents, mountain bikes, cruisers, roadies and hybrids.

You may have to make some minor (or major) adjustments to your bike to make it right for commuting, such as changing to a more comfortable seat, swapping tires or raising handlebars to give yourself an upright riding position.

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